Woody Allen Rep Says Alleged Sexual Abuse of Adopted Daughter Is 'Untrue and Disgraceful'
After Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, wrote an open letter in The New York Times recalling her alleged account against the acclaimed director, saying that he sexually assaulted her at age 7, the filmmaker's reps have responded to the allegations.
A rep told Variety: "Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon."
"At the time, a thorough investigation was conducted by court appointed independent experts," the rep continued. "The experts concluded there was no credible evidence of molestation; that Dylan Farrow had an inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality; and that Dylan Farrow had likely been coached by her mother Mia Farrow. No charges were ever filed."
Farrow's letter appeared on Nicholas Kristof's blog on the Times' website.
As Kristof explained: "It's important to note that Woody Allen was never prosecuted in this case and has consistently denied wrongdoing; he deserves the presumption of innocence. So why publish an account of an old case on my blog? Partly because the Golden Globe lifetime achievement award to Allen ignited a debate about the propriety of the award. Partly because the root issue here isn't celebrity but sex abuse. And partly because countless people on all sides have written passionately about these events, but we haven't fully heard from the young woman who was at the heart of them."
"What's your favorite Woody Allen movie?" Farrow's letter begins. "Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we'd go to Paris and I'd be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains."
For Farrow's entire letter, click here.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride.